Swerwer Rooi-Groen Semillon 2019

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Unique and special. We could stop there but that would be a little cheeky. Copper in colour and a nose that is filled with aromas of ginger, peach, orange and blossoms. Flavours of nectarine, fig & red apple finishing with a light tannin structure. So what's the story behind this unusual wine? Semillon is a white grape and as such should be green in colour. In South African however, over time a natural mutation developed in old Semillon vineyards, resulting in vines with red / pink pigmented grapes. This is referred to by farmers as ‘Rooi-Groen’ or 'red-green'. This once-common sight is now almost forgotten as many old vineyards were uprooted in favour of younger, higher-volume producing vines. Skin contact, which is typically avoided when making white white, results in the copper colour as well as the light tannin structure. A must try for any curious wine drinker.

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Platter's Wine Guide 91 Points

WineMag SA 90 Points